What is the difference between a Parked, Add-on and Subdomain?

Parked Domain

A parked domain is NOT a unique website. Instead, it is redirected to the primary domain name of your cPanel account, much like a website alias. Parked domains are commonly used when:

  • You need a place to park a domain for which you do not have a website.
  • You have more than one domain that should lead to your primary domain
  • You have common misspellings of your domain name that you have registered

For example, here at Agate Fire Creative, we have www.agatefirecretive.com, our website here, and we have agatefire.com which we use for email (keeping your email and website hosting separate in another discussion). I digress, since, agatefire.com has no website, we “park” it on our main domain agatefirecreative.com and web inquires to agatefire.com are redirected to our main website.


A subdomain is a second website with its own unique content, but there is no new domain name. Instead, you use an existing domain name and change the www to another name. The subdomain name looks like support.example.com, shop.example.com, help.example.com (assuming you already host example.com).

Addon Domain

An addon domain is a second website, with its own unique content. This type of domain does require you to register the new domain name before you can host it. So, if you want to host www.otherdomain.com, this is the solution. Every addon domain is also a subdomain.

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